Bringing comfort, solidarity and hope to war refugees through music.
Founded – 2016
Participants – 186
Activities – 99
As refugees arrive in increasing numbers in Europe, Musicians without Borders is building a program of support and solidarity. Our trainers and workshop leaders use the power of music to engage people living in emergency reception centers, building trust and connection among refugees, as well as with the local communities in which they are now located. Following our pilot project in the Netherlands, we’ve now expanded the Welcome Notes project to Italy and Germany and are focusing on providing training and creating connections between local musicians, organizations and refugee communities throughout Europe.
Bring hope and comfort to those who have been driven from their homes by war;
Build bridges and create solidarity in European communities;
Provide a safe, fun, and supportive space for artistic expression and cultural exchange.
Photo copyright: Landesmusikakademie NRW. Pictures: Volker Beushausen
We offer training for musicians, music teachers and workshop leaders from all cultural backgrounds who wish to increase their ability to use music as a tool to work towards the social inclusion and support of refugees and newcomers. This training has been specially adapted from our advanced training course and offers the necessary skills to lead music workshops with refugees in European communities.
The following skills and subjects are addressed in the training:
Community music approaches to singing, (body) percussion, movement, songwriting
Trust-building and teamwork
Basic trauma awareness
Nonviolent communication and building empathy between participants
Nonverbal techniques for music making
Creativity and improvisation
Connection with organizations and initiatives working in local refugee centers and communities
In response to increasing numbers of refugees arriving in the Netherlands, we launched a year-long pilot project in 2016 to train musicians to run music workshops in refugee centers. Over the course of a year, we led three training weekends with a total of 62 trainees and organized 40 workshops in several refugee centers.
In 2017-2018, we ran another series of training weekends for professional musicians, experienced workshop leaders and music teachers who are (or wish to be) active as music workshop leaders in refugee centers or refugee communities in Europe.